Clergy and Staff

Maggie Helwig Rev’d Canon Maggie Helwig


The Reverend Canon Maggie Helwig was appointed as priest-in-charge in May 2013, and as rector in January 2015. Before her ordination, Maggie worked as a writer, editor, arts organizer, and human rights activist. She spent nearly ten years as an organizer of the Friday Out of the Cold/Out of the Heat meal program, which began at St Stephen’s and is now hosted by St Thomas, Huron Street; she also worked as a parish outreach facilitator for York-Credit Valley, and chairs the diocesan Social Justice and Advocacy Committee. She has published twelve books of poetry, essays and fiction, and her most recent novel, Girls Fall Down (which includes scenes set in a slightly fictionalized St Stephen’s), was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award in 2009, and chosen as the Toronto Public Library’s One Book Toronto in 2012. She has been the literary editor of Canadian Forum, the co-coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair and the associate director of the Scream Literary Festival.

Maggie has lived near St Stephen’s for most of her adult life (currently in the Alexandra Park area, a few minutes to the south), and is delighted to be part of a parish with such a long history of engaged urban ministry in the Anglo-Catholic tradition, and of a Kensington Market community alive with art, activism and social concern.

Elizabeth Cummings Rev. Elizabeth Cummings

Parish deacon

Andrea Budgey Mtr. Andrea Budgey

Honorary assistant

The Reverend Canon Andrea Budgey, our honorary assistant, is also the Humphrys Chaplain to the University of Trinity College and the Saint George campus of the University of Toronto.

Andrea completed both an M Mus (performance: oboe) and an MA (medieval studies: Celtic languages and literature, music) at the University of Toronto, and in 2006 obtained her M.Div from Trinity College. She was ordained priest in January of 2008, and was Assistant Curate at Saint Simon-the-Apostle in Toronto until the end of 2008. She has been involved in community outreach and advocacy for a number of years, and retains a strong interest in ecumenical and interfaith work; she welcomes constructive engagement with both seekers and skeptics. She is also advisory board chair of the University of Toronto unit of the Student Christian Movement. As a member and co-founder of the SINE NOMINE Ensemble for Medieval Music, she sings and plays harp, fiddle, recorder, and percussion, and has directed a number of medieval liturgical reconstructions. She has been an instructor (in Celtic Studies, music, and English) for Saint Michael’s College, the School of Continuing Studies, the Faculty of Music, and the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto, a freelance writer and researcher, bookseller, and calligrapher, and has also worked in radio music production and concert management.

Janet Nichols Janet Nichols

Parish administrator

Members of the Vestry, February 2023 (in alphabetical order)

Sharon Abel
Tom Abel
Elie Abisdris
Leonie Bell
Katherine Belyea
Evernese Benskin
Joyce Benskin
David Bland
Annette Brooker
Errol Brooker
Shanese Brooker
Serena Brooker
Lovina Bryan
Louis Bursey
Brent Campbell
Phyllis Coombs
Elizabeth Cummings
Compton Downes
Olivia Dziwak
Sue Ann Elite
Maria Erskine
Misha Baudisch-McCabe
Monica Fakiyesi
Tucker Gordon
Peter Haresnape
Maggie Helwig
Simone Helwig
Zoe Henderson
Blake Henstridge
Helga Holland
Adonica Huggins
Charlie Huisken
Jessica Humphreys
Marguerite Hunt
Vincent Hunte
Rebecca Hunte
Christie Ihunaegbo
Raphael Ihunaegbo
Denholm Kendall
Anne Keary
Sylvia Kerr
Tucker Knight
Sylvia Lassam
Martin Loeffler
Michelle Loftus
Zhenglin Liu
Jacobus Markus
John Mutambirwa
Andrew Neelands
Leroy Niles
Max Price
Dominique Russell
Sarah Erik Sackville-McLaughlin
Ken Simons
Christopher Sims
Hugh Thomas
Esther Townshend
Francilla Tonge

The above is a list, prepared in accordance with the Canon on Vestries of the Synod of the Diocese, of persons sixteen years of age and over who have been members of and worshippers with this congregation for at least three months prior to the annual meeting of the vestry, and who do not intend to vote in any other vestry. Applications to have names added to or removed from the list shall be made in writing. The persons whose names appear on this list as finally settled shall be members of the vestry, and shall be entitled to vote at the elections thereof for the ensuing year.

Those appointed and elected at the March 2023 Vestry:

Rector’s Warden: Leroy Niles
People’s Warden: Tucker Gordon
Deputy Rector’s Warden: Annette Brooker
Deputy People’s Warden: Martin Loeffler

Treasurer: Roxy Kendall

Advisory Board:
Janet Nichols (staff)
Mtr Maggie Helwig
Mtr Andrea Budgey
Deacon Elizabeth Cummings
Tucker Gordon
Zoe Henderson
Andrew Neelands
Leroy Niles
Katherine Belyea
Martin Loeffler
Roxy Kendall
Adonica Huggins
Sarah Erik Sackville-McLaughlin
Christy Ihunaegbo
Annette Brooker
Sue Ann Elite
Esther Townshend

Delegate to Synod: Andrew Neelands
Alternate Delegate to Synod: Sue Ann Elite

Toronto Seed Library representative:
Katie Berger,